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Image Use Protocol: Useful Links

Best practices for locating and using Japanese visual images for teaching, research, and publications

Useful Links

Image Use Guides
These links provide general guidelines for the use of images in the U.S.


Fair Use/Fair Dealing


 US Copyright


US Copyright and Fair Use in Education and Research

  • Copyright on Campus (Copyright Clearance Center) [information video ; 6 mins.]
    • A great educational video that illustrates copyright and fair use in academic settings
  • The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance (Copyright Clearance Center)
    • Designed for academic institutions, this guide helps answer questions ranging from basic copyright law to the more complex topics of ILL and e-reserves.


Canadian Copyright


Japanese Copyright


Public Domain

Find Images
The following organizations provide digital images of Japan with clear instructions for the use:


Purposes: Collected websites and Internet resources provide users with further information on copyright in the North America and Japan. This includes legal issues of copyright and guidelines to image use provided by government offices, universities, libraries, and non-profit organizations. In addition, some resources providing image data are included to assist in legally using images from Japan for research and educational purposes.


Selections criteria: When selecting websites and Internet resources for the IUP list of useful links, we followed general selection criteria including authorship, accuracy, currency, targeted audience, purposes of the information, navigation, etc. In addition, special consideration is applied when selecting image resources, evaluating the image data provided and the procedures/guidelines of how to use images.


It would be nearly impossible to have and maintain a fully comprehensive list of digital links to Japanese images and to evaluate such a list. We hope that the links we have provided will offer quality images and further ideas of places where users may find images. Those looking for images on a special theme or topic should also consult the large range of professional and scholarly email lists and look on the sites of major commercial databanks and image providers.





April 26, 2009

North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
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